The first step for all applicants is to decide on the course you would like to study. After all, you’ll be spending three years or more doing it. The UCFB website provides detail on each degree programme, taking an in-depth look at entry requirements, modules and career prospects. Make sure to look at the top of each degree page to find out which of our campuses your chosen course is available at.

All applications to full time undergraduate programmes at UCFB are made through the application system using the UCAS codes that can be found on our How to Apply web page.

When you first apply through UCAS you are generally given up to five choices to use initially and you are free to use these choices however you wish. Some applicants like to apply to one course at a number of different institutions and decide where in the country they may like to live, others have already decided they would like to study at UCFB and apply for a number of different courses with us.

It is important that whatever you choose to do, your decision is well researched and carefully considered, you should make an effort to investigate and research all of the subjects and institutions you are interested in by visiting the campuses and faculties, meeting academics and asking questions about the opportunities and employability that the subjects, courses and institutions can offer. Once you have made your first five choices on UCAS you only have 14 days to change your mind, so it’s important that you do not waste any of your choices.

Apply via UCAS

The deadline for applications for the 2018 academic year is 6pm on Monday 15th January, and must be done through the UCAS website. For 2018 entry a single course application costs £13, and for more than one course application you’ll pay a total of £24.

The UCAS application allows you to upload a list of your current qualifications as well as any you will be sitting prior to enrolment, you can also upload a personal statement and have a reference written for you to support your application. It’s important that you fill in this form in full, leaving no information out and with a full personal statement and appropriate reference. This one form will be sent to every course and institution you apply for and is often the most important first impression that you make with an institution.

UCAS Track and key dates

UCAS set key dates and deadlines throughout the year which applicants and institutions must meet in order to ensure that your application is not left open and in limbo for too long. It’s important that you keep a close eye on UCAS and your emails as sometimes you will have a deadline to respond that could lead to you losing your offers if you miss it.

15th January – deadline to apply for the majority of undergraduate courses.

25th February – deadline for UCAS Extra. Extra is for people who’ve received decisions from all five universities or colleges and weren’t accepted, or those who’ve declined the offers they received.

2nd May – if you received a decision from your chosen institutions by March 31st, you must respond to any offers by today or they’ll be declined.

3rd May – if you applied by January 15th and still haven’t heard back from all of your chosen institutions, today is the day they’ll make their final decision on your application.

7th June – if you received all your decisions by May 3rd, you must respond to any offers by today or they’ll be declined.

21st June – if you received all your decisions by June 7th, you must respond to any offers by today or they’ll be declined.

30th June – if you send your application to UCAS by 6pm today, they’ll send it to your chosen institutions. Any applications past this date will automatically go into clearing.

4th July – last day to apply for UCAS Extra.

5th July – UCAS Clearing opens.

5th July – International Baccalaureate results published.

12th July – if you applied by June 30th and still haven’t heard back from all of your chosen institutions, today is the day they’ll make their final decision on your application.

19th July – if you received all your decisions by July 12th, you must respond to any offers by today or they’ll be declined.

TBC August – SQA results published.

16th August – A Level results day.

31st August – the deadline remaining offer conditions must be met.

20th September – final deadline for 2018 applications at 6pm.

Late September – clearing vacancies removed from UCAS search tool.

23rd October – the last day for institutions to make their decisions on clearing applicants.


Clearing was traditionally the process used by higher education institutions to fill any spaces they have left on their degree programmes through UCAS. Institutions would list all available courses through UCAS and applicants who had not met their grades at other institutions could seek out an available place elsewhere.

More recently however it has become more about the applicant making sure that they are on the best possible course for you. Whether you are currently holding no offers or just no longer sure about your original firm choice, it’s a great way for you to find a course that suits you the best at an institution that would suit your needs.

Clearing opens in July and runs through to September, although the busiest period is the week following A level results being released in August, particularly the Thursday when students and schools find out their results. If you already have your exam results by July, you can use clearing to find a place before the process becomes busy in August. UCFB will have dedicated phone lines open all through the year to help you find the right course and advise you on the correct process to apply to us.